Daily Archives: August 31, 2009

Kids Reading, revisited

Writer Beware Blogs!: Amazon BookSurge Anti-Trust Lawsuit Can Proceed
Been wondering about this but hadn’t seen much on it.


I feel this illustrates the difference between Americans and the British:
Father’s outrage over ‘pornographic’ Haribo MAOAM sweet wrappers | Mail Online

Mr Simpkins, of Pontefract, West Yorkshire, said: ‘The lemon and lime are locked in what appears to be a carnal encounter. … The lime, whom I assume to be the gentleman in this coupling, has a particularly lurid expression on his face.’

In the US, the outraged father would probably say something like: “The fruits are doing it on the wrapper. I mean, look at the green guy’s face!”


Vampire endorsement turns Brontë into bestseller | Books | guardian.co.uk:

“I was really disappointed when reading this book, … I found only five pages out of the whole book about there [sic] love and the rest filled with bitterness and pain and other peoples stories”.

First off, terrible headline. Second, I’ve tried to read Wuthering Heights. I’ve never managed to get through it. It’s…arduous and I’m not sure it’s worth the work. I’ve made due with the Ralph Fiennes movie version. Which is full of pain and bitterness. Because, thirdly, that’s what makes it good. Life and love is often painful and bitter. If one reads fiction that doesn’t reflect that it should be for a sense of escapism, not reality.

The Future of Reading – ‘Reading Workshop’ Approach Lets Students Pick the Books
I’ve never been a literature elitist. I blame my mother who instilled a love of “ghetto” fiction (aka science fiction) in me. I discovered the ghetto of ghetto fiction (horror fiction) all on my own. Popular doesn’t necessarily equal trash. Dickens was a popular writer of his time. This doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed classics, but for a young reader some of them can be pretty boring. And I’ve written about this subject often before. Everyone, kids and adults, learns better when they’re enjoying themselves. Yes, what kid is going to pick up Moby Dick on their own? So, maybe laying off the great white whale is okay. I came across a Twilight-based vocabulary book the other day, and you that’s not a bad idea. If student are excited about Twilight, they’ll probably be more inclined to remember what the word “alabaster” means. Is it so bad to get kids to enjoy reading first and then lead them to To Kill a Mockingbird? That’s a great book, but it’s going to be wasted on someone that doesn’t care in the first place. To some extent, while Reading Rainbow was a lovely show, it’s preaching to the choir. At the age group of its demographic, reading in school is still “for fun.” It’s too bad that reading doesn’t often stay that way. Fun can lead to challenging, to reading not-junk, maybe even to enjoying Wuthering Heights! Who knows? And, btw, boys would probably plow through non-fiction books at a rate that would put fiction-reading girls to shame.  Just saying.